The Historic Town Of Ayr
Ayr is one of the most remarkable of Scottish towns - famed not just for its
history, but also its welcome.
In this new section of Clydesite, we will grow an online resource that will take
you on a tour of this lovely Scottish town. its past and present and act as a
tribute to what I personally call 'the best wee town in Scotland'.
Ayr's streets date back to the 1200's, indeed its two main streets, the High
Street and the Sandgate form the origins of the settlement which served the
castle built by William the Lion, King of Scots in 1197.
By 1205 the area was made a Royal Burgh, and the King permitted traders to set
up market here free from tolls and 'all other custom' and from then on the
There exists in Ayr to this day a physical remnant of these early years. The
parish church of Ayr was dedicated to John the Baptist (indeed, the town was
known for many years as St John's Town of Ayr) and grew to become a most
impressive building with many additions, including the surviving remnant that is
St John's Tower, built
in the 15th Century. It is a remarkably modern looking structure and sits
peacefully in a leafy park not far from the shore.
This then underlines the historic credentials of the town, but more is to be
found as you wander round this surprisingly vibrant, healthy yet ancient of
Come with us and share in the wonders of what appears to be, on the surface, a
relatively busy little seaside town, and you will discover so much more, so much
in fact, you will wish to see it for yourself!